Dr. Robert L. Mandell

Dental implants replace missing teeth

If you are missing teeth and prefer an alternative to dentures or partial dentures, it’s time to take a closer look at dental implants. Single dental implants typically consist of three sections. The first is a titanium screw that your periodontist places into your jawbone. Your bone tissue grows around this screw in a process called osseointegration, which secures the screw in place. Then a metal abutment is added to create a foundation for the third section, a dental crown, or restoration.

Dental implants have many advantages over dental bridges, dentures or partial dentures. Implants are permanent and last for decades if properly cared for. Dental implants do not get cavities or need root canals like natural teeth. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They allow you to eat and speak normally. And unlike dentures, implants stop the loss of bone tissue that occurs when teeth are lost. With dentures, the loss of bone tissue continues, eventually giving your face a sunken, aging look.

Dental implants have become the preferred method of replacing one or more missing teeth. And many patients have traded in their dentures for the more permanent, more convenient dental implants. Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire upper or lower arch full of teeth. Lower cost alternatives include mini-implants and implant-supported dentures. As an oral surgeon and implant specialist, Dr. Mandell can advise you of the best treatment options for you.

Protect your teeth and overall health by having your gums checked as soon as possible. If you are searching for a “periodontist near me,” learn more by calling (978) 649-3058 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Nashua, Tyngsborough and surrounding communities.

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